ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 4: David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws to first base against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on April 4, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The offseason has been a whirlwind for suddenly famous St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese. After rocketing to stardom as the NL championship series and World Series MVP, the team's No. 6 hitter got the red carpet treatment all over.
There was a late-night sitdown with David Letterman, an appearance on the Country Music Awards and countless interviews.
Around Thanksgiving, he decided that baseball would always come first. The celebrity appearances didn't halt completely, but Freese had his priorities straight. He arrived at spring training a few days early, ready to work on an encore for a magical October that probably can't be topped.